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Weekly Webinars

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We host a free virtual learning opportunity each Thursday, featuring experts and researchers from the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (KU ADRC) and affiliates.

Presentations focus on understanding risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease, the latest research in preventing Alzheimer’s, and what we know about brain health and aging. 

Weekly Webinar with KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Thursdays from 2-2:30 pm

Metformin and Alzheimer’s disease

Heather Wilkins, PhD | June 27, 2024

On our June 27 Weekly Webinar, Dr. Heather Wilkins will answer questions about metformin (a drug prescribed to treat diabetes), how it works and how it may affect Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2008, Dr. Wilkins earned a Microbiology degree at Kansas State University. Following completion of her undergraduate degree she joined a research laboratory at the University of Denver for PhD training. The focus of her dissertation was mitochondrial oxidative stress in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Dr. Wilkins received a distinguished thesis award, and earned her PhD in 2013. Upon receipt of her PhD, Dr. Wilkins joined the KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center as a postdoctoral fellow in August 2013. Dr. Russell Swerdlow was her mentor. Dr. Wilkins transitioned to faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2019.

Dr. Wilkins' research interests are centered on understanding how brain energy influences Alzheimer's disease pathology. She uses induced pluripotent stem cells from human subjects to develop neurons, glia, and cerebral organoid models ("mini brains in a dish") of sporadic Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Wilkins is an assistant director of the KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Mitochondrial Genomics Metabolism and Biomarker core. Her role in this core is to direct new biomarker development for Alzheimer's Disease. She is a member of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment group and the Alliance of Women Alzheimer's Researcher group.

How to Join

Our Weekly Webinars are offered as part of the MyAlliance for Brain Health program. If you have not already signed up for MyAlliance, please do so today!

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KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

KU Clinical Research Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Mailstop 6002
Fairway, KS 66205